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Turns out there's a pretty compelling reason to make relaxation a priority beyond #selfcaresunday fun. The simple fact is that stress breaks you out
. The culprit? Cortisol, a hormone produced in times of emotional and physical tension
. Jacqueline Schaffer
, M.D., wellness expert and founder of Schique Skincare
, explains that cortisol signals the production of more oil, resulting in breakouts or even rashes. But that's not all. "It raises your blood sugar levels, [damages] collagen and elastin, [makes] it difficult for the skin to retain water, and [causes it] to look dull and dry," she says. Even worse, non-physical stress can cause premature aging of the skin. Gulp. Needless to say, it's time for you to keep calm and carry on. Grab your comfiest athleisure
and lay low with these 18 stress-reducing beauty products
that will save your sanity — and maybe your skin in the process.